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The Zika Virus' Effects On Babies As They Grow Up Are Heartbreaking

Scientists are just starting to find out the heartbreaking effects of the Zika virus on babies that were born infected with it. The babies, followed in a study by the CDC, are facing significant developmental difficulties.

Public Health December 15, 2017

Zika Poses Higher Risk Of Birth Defects In US Than Previously Estimated

A CDC study has found that one in every 10 pregnant women infected by Zika virus gives birth to babies with birth defects. Researchers have recommended CT scans for babies infected with Zika to check for underlying abnormalities.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Zika Update: Texas Confirms Local Case, Becomes Second US State With The Mosquito Virus Infection

The state of Texas confirms a local case of a woman infected with Zika virus. The statement comes along with a series of instructions from the Texas Department of Health Services.

Public Health November 29, 2016

Zika-Infected Babies Born With Normal-Sized Heads Can Still Develop Microcephaly After Birth: CDC

A new report published by CDC suggests that children who were born with normal-sized heads are still in danger of developing neurological issues after birth. The condition was named by the scientific community the congenital Zika syndrome.

Public Health November 28, 2016

Scientists Discover Mechanism In Potent Antibody Capable Of Neutralizing Zika Infection

Researchers have uncovered how a potent antibody is able to neutralize the Zika virus and prevent an infection from taking place. The discovery holds potential as a treatment target in the fight against Zika.

Public Health November 26, 2016

UK, Australia Issue Travel Advisories For Singapore After Zika Outbreak

Several countries have issued warnings to their citizens regarding traveling to Singapore, where a recent outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported. Expectant mothers are advised to take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting the infection.

Public Health August 30, 2016

Gulf Coast States Most At Risk For Zika Outbreak, US Health Official Says

Public health officials warn that people living in Gulf Coast states are the most at risk for a Zika outbreak. This is because conditions in these areas are suitable for the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Public Health August 22, 2016

Texas Man Tests Positive For Zika After Traveling To Florida

A man in El Paso County, Texas tested positive for Zika infection after a recent trip to Miami, Florida. Health officials say this is the first confirmed case of interstate transmission of the virus in the United States.

Public Health August 16, 2016

Zika Cases Reported In Florida: How To Protect Against Zika And West Nile Virus This Summer

With Zika cases reported in Florida by mosquito bites and it being prime West Nile Virus time, here’s how to protect against the bugs for the rest of the summer.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Suspected Zika Cases In Miami Ups Mosquito Control Efforts

Following the announcements of suspected Zika infections linked to local transmissions, Florida ups its mosquito control efforts to keep a possible disease outbreak at bay. Investigations are underway to determine the number of potentially infected individuals in Broward and Miami-Dade.

Public Health July 24, 2016

It's Finally Happened: A Zika-Related Death Has Occurred In Continental United States

For the first time since the World Health Organization declared the virus a global public health emergency, a Zika-related death has occurred in the continental United States. Officials are now preparing for the worst-case scenario of the virus spreading locally.

Public Health July 10, 2016

South Korea Confirms Sixth Case Of Zika Infection

South Korea confirmed its sixth Zika case in a 28-year-old woman, who traveled to the Caribbean island of Dominica in June 2014 and returned home on June 23. All six of South Korea's Zika cases are travel-related.

Public Health July 2, 2016

Is Zika Infection Causing More Women To Get Illegal Abortions?

Abortion requests in countries with local Zika transmissions increased significantly. Is the global epidemic causing more women to get abortions in countries with banned or restricted access to abortions?

Public Health June 23, 2016

What Would CDC Do When Zika Virus Hits The US? Send Rapid-Response Teams

The CDC will send rapid-response teams to communities in the mainland and Hawaii when the mosquito-borne Zika virus starts transmitting locally, even if there's only one confirmed case. These teams will help monitor cases and perform lab tests, among other things.

Public Health June 14, 2016

Puerto Rico Faces Zika Virus Spread Amid Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico is faced with Zika virus spread and an ongoing debt crisis. These two problems may take a toll on the country's tourism industry.

Public Health May 22, 2016

Pregnant Teen Infected With Zika Wants To Keep Baby

A pregnant teen with Zika virus chose to keep her baby despite the risks of birth defects. The teen from Connecticut said the baby is a miracle and that she would not go into abortion.

May 9, 2016

Another Reason To Fear Zika: Mosquito-Borne Virus Mutates Quickly

The dreaded Zika virus may have mutated rapidly that is why it has caused serious complications that were not seen in past outbreaks. The researchers have found that there is a line between the virus found in Africa and the strain first seen in Asia, where the strain causing microcephaly originated.

Life April 17, 2016

Zika Virus And Neurological Problems: Mystery Link Between The Two Continues To Deepen

The mystery link between Zika virus and neurological disorders continues to deepen with every new report collated from all over the world. Although not yet completely proven, microcephaly and Guillain Barre syndrome have become the most common possible neurological disorders associated with the virus.

Life April 6, 2016

Mouse Model To Help Researchers Test Zika Vaccines And Drugs

A new mouse model developed by scientists could pave way for testing for candidate vaccines and drugs against Zika virus. They identified a genetically modified strain of mice that can help experts develop effective treatments.

Life March 31, 2016

Zika And Pregnancy: How To Protect Yourself, Transmission, Microcephaly And Everything You Should Know

Zika virus is known for causing microcephaly and other birth defects to infants born from infected mothers. Here's what every woman, pregnant or not, should know.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 26, 2016

Zika Virus May Have Entered Brazil Via 2013 Soccer Tournament, Genetic Study Reveals

Zika virus may have entered Brazil during a 2013 soccer tournament, a new study has found. Researchers were able to discover that Zika outbreak in the Pacific and increased airline passengers coincide with major events in the country, suggesting that such human mobility trend may play a role in virus introduction and emergence.

Life March 24, 2016

WHO Efforts To Fight Zika Virus Hampered By Lack Of Cash

The United Nations health agency is in need of $4 million funds for its efforts to curb the Zika virus outbreak. The increasing number of microcephaly cases across affected countries have increased in the past week.

Life March 23, 2016

Warmer Climate Places 50 US Cities At Risk For Zika Virus

Zika virus has spread uncontrollably in the Americas. Scientists created a map showing areas of the country where the mosquitoes could thrive and eventually spread.

Life March 21, 2016

Cuba Announces First Case Of Zika Virus Transmitted Inside The Country

Cuba announced its first case of domestic Zika infection. The blood test of a 21-year-old Havana woman showed positive for the Zika virus on Monday.

Life March 17, 2016

Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Pose Threats Beyond Zika Virus

The fight against Zika virus continues, but experts warn that Zika is just one of the many diseases transmitted by mosquitoes around the world at an increasing rate. These continent-jumping diseases continue to threaten populations around the world.

Life March 14, 2016

Zika May Pose Brain Inflammation Risks In Adults

Previously, Zika virus has been linked to paralysis and microcephaly. A new report says that it may also cause brain inflammation, which is fatal.

Life March 13, 2016

Google Joins UNICEF To Combat Zika Virus With Open Source, Mapping And Expanded Search Results

Google has donated $1 million to UNICEF to help counter the Zika virus, and introduced some updates to facilitate access to information. The company is leveraging open source, mapping technology and expanded search results to raise awareness, map and help contain the Zika virus spread.

Life March 3, 2016

FDA Issues Recommendation To Prevent Zika Transmission Through Donated Human Tissues, Cells

The FDA issued new recommendations on how to prevent possible Zika transmissions through donated human cells and tissues. The new advisory applies to both living and deceased donors.

Life March 2, 2016

WHO Seeks $56 Million To Fight Zika As Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads To 39 Countries

Zika virus is now present in 39 countries, which is why the World Health Organization will implement a strategic program to thwart the further spread of the disease. The agency estimates that it will need about $56 million to execute the entire plan.

Life February 17, 2016

Jamaica Uses Song And Dance To Spread Awareness About Zika Virus

The Ministry of Health Jamaica uses the power of song and dance to increase awareness about the virus. The health agency released a reggae music video titled 'We Nuh Want Zik V' wherein comedian-songwriter Dr. Michael Abrahams doles out Zika prevention tips with a catchy beat.

Life February 17, 2016

Zika Virus Vaccine 18 Months Away From Trials: WHO

WHO said 15 companies and groups are currently in the hunt for Zika vaccines. Scientists in both Colombia and Brazil are conducting separate studies to confirm the link between the virus and microcephaly.

Life February 13, 2016

Zika Link To Birth Defects Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome Could Be Confirmed Within Weeks: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the link between Zika virus and two neurological diseases could be confirmed within weeks. This followed the sudden increase of microcephaly cases among infants born to mothers infected with the virus.

Life February 13, 2016

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